Now McCain Wants an ‘Ebola Czar’

After previously attacking President Obama for naming “czars” (which are nothing of the sort, of course, they’re just special advisers), John McCain is now demanding that he name an “Ebola czar” to oversee the government’s response to the illness that has now spread to the United States in a very limited fashion.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called for President Obama to nominate an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the administration’s response to the deadly virus.

“I’d like to know who’s in charge,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”…

McCain said his constituents in Arizona are “not comforted” and “need more reassurance.”

In the past, McCain had been critical of Obama’s use of so-called “czars” to name lead officials on particular matters. In 2009, McCain tweeted that Obama had “more czars than the Romanovs — who ruled Russia for 3 centuries.”

The senator also said the administration should “look at” airports in West Africa as well as those in the United States.

“Americans have to be assured here,” McCain added.

You know who could oversee the whole thing? The surgeon general. Oh wait, there isn’t a surgeon general right now because Senate Republicans like McCain have refused to confirm the president’s choice for that post because the NRA threw a temper tantrum about him.

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  • Michael Heath

    McCain said his constituents in Arizona are “not comforted” and “need more reassurance.”

    A nice example of a amplifying feedback loop.

    A conservative observing that their voting base are little children who need comfort, after their authority figures have scared the bejesus out of them, e.g., conservatives politicians using Fox News as their bully pulpit.

    The more you scare them, the more they act like simpering children. And the more they seek to be scared which makes them even become more compliant to their authority figures. U.S. conservatives are one fucked-up bunch.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Can I be an Ebola Czar too? I’d be an excellent Czar. I’m Canadian. We rock at Czar.

  • eric

    I know, we should start an agency focused on controlling disease! But how to fund it? Hmmmm, well, all our GOP budget cutting has reduced the CDC’s emergency preparedness budget by almost $500 million/year since 2006. Maybe we can use the savings from that…

  • tomh

    @ #3

    Exactly right. Over the last 10 years the NIH budget has shrunk by $5 billion. According to director Francis Collins, about Ebola, “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said.

  • Randomfactor

    A Surgeon General might make a handy person to oversee the nation’s medical system response. We should get us one of them.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Ebo Lazar was also a Star Wars character. True story.

  • eric

    @6: was he the padawan of Ebola Czar?

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.w.busch michaelbusch

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called for President Obama to nominate an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the administration’s response to the deadly virus.

    “I’d like to know who’s in charge,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”…

    The Senator could consult a directory. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden is the current head of the CDC, which has oversight on infectious disease control.

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    The Surgeon General’s Office and the rest of the Public Health Corps has different responsibilities. Some members of the Public Health Corps have been assigned to Liberia, as part of the medical relief efforts in the outbreak zone.

  • kyoseki

    Next up, McCain suggests fighting Ebola by arming friendlier, moderate viruses.

  • A Hermit

    McCain (and everyone else in North America) should be more concerned about enterovirus right now…

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2014/10/15/what-to-know-about-enterovirus/17313167/

  • scienceavenger

    John McCain is now demanding that he name an “Ebola czar”

    Somewhere out east, Putin is smiling.

    Oh wait, there isn’t a surgeon general right now because Senate Republicans like McCain have refused to confirm the president’s choice for that post because the NRA threw a temper tantrum about him.

    Well, McCain and Co. wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be obstructionist dicks had the potential SG not scored an own-goal with that idiotic comment. Political savvy too is a requirement for the job.

  • D. C. Sessions

    kyoseki@9 FTW

  • Kevin Kehres

    Actually, it’s Tony Fauci. He’s the guy in charge of the CDC’s infectious disease section.

  • busterggi

    I agree! Obama should name Sarah Palin to be the Ebola Czar – I dare McCain to question her qualifications.

  • colnago80

    Re Kehres @ #13

    Speaking of Anthony Fauci, here he is giving one of the Fascist News Channel’s birdbrain talents a hard time.

    http://goo.gl/xjMCjX